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Age of concent
Posted by: Alan Berryman (ID *****3873) Date: June 23, 2005 at 07:21:02
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My Great grandmotherís marriage certificate states that she was 21 in 1891 when she married my Great grandfather, this would put her birth date at 1860.
However all other documentation about her i.e. earlier and later census returns etc say her birth date was 1864 in which case she would have been seventeen on her marriage?
I was beginning to think I had the wrong marriage but everything else matches, her birthplace, her fatherís occupation, her husbandís occupation all names etc.
I noticed that neither of the witnesses were family, (but friends I presume).
I thought this may be because that her parents were absent from the ceremony, so could this be a consent thing?
Does anybody know if you had to be 21 to marry without parental consent in 1891 or is there another answer?
I hope this is the case or Iíve got a lot of my history wrong.
Any suggestions would be gratefully received.


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